Google Assistant on smartphones gets a redesign

Google Starts to Monetize Voice By Bringing Paid Digital Goods, Subscriptions to Google Assistant

Given its widespread adoption and popularity, it's not hard to see why Google has put so much focus on making Assistant as user-friendly as it can possibly be. Additionally, it is now easier to access an overview of the day on Android smartphones. With the redesign, Google hopes that bigger visuals and new controls will make it easier and faster to get things done with a combination of voice and touch.

With that in mind, it's sensible to make it easier to use the Google Assistant app while utilizing either method.

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Want more posts like this delivered to your inbox? These new monetization options will be available both through devices like the Google Home smart speaker, as well as Google Assistant-powered smart displays and phones. The same concept applies if you ask Assistant to lower or raise the volume of a nearby smart speaker. The timing is not coincidental; the Pixel 3 arrives next week and is expected to usher in the best of Google in both hardware and software.

In addition to the more personal features mentioned so far, Google is also giving app developers and companies the ability to "take full advantage" of a user's screen within Assistant.

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The overview provides things based on how the user has recently used Google Assistant, as well as the current time of the day.

Assistant also has an "interactive messaging interface", which will apparently allow you to "add a comma, change a word", or make other "quick edits" using your finger. Additionally, Google has also announced a number of new features for developers. This can be accessed by opening the Assistant, then swiping up on the screen. New thumbnails allow Starbucks, for instance, to showcase select items on its menu. There should be more visual elements on supported queries, and Google is adopting more Material Design cues as well.

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